Our podiatrists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb and are qualified to treat people with arthritis, diabetes, nail surgery and sports injuries. They work with people of all ages.

Our Podiatrists can give guidance on the identification and treatment of:

Ageing feet, Athletes foot, Blisters, Bunions/toe deformities, Corns & Callus, Chilblains, Diabetes, Gout, Heel pain, In growing Toenails, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sweaty Feet, Verrucae

Common foot conditions

Athlete's foot

Caused by a number of fungal species which you can pick up from anywhere (typically communal areas such as pools, showers and changing rooms) or anywhere where you may walk around barefooted. The fungus on each bit of skin that falls away from someone else’s feet can be picked up by you if you’re prone.

Corns

A lot of people think that a corn has a root, and that you need to remove the root in order to get rid of the corn. This is not the case. A corn is simply made up of hard skin that occurs over a bony prominence such as a joint. It is usually the result of pressure or friction to the area. The central area of the corn that appears to go deeper into the toe, isn't something growing from inside, but is where the area of pressure (usually from the shoe if it is on the toe) is greatest. The skin thickens as a result of too much pressure/trauma and makes it look like there is a core or root that needs removing. We will educate you callus and how best to prevent them.

Verrucae

A verruca is a viral infection and can be picked up from coming into contact with the virus. To try and avoid catching one try not to come into contact with the changing room floor by wearing something like flip flops in the changing room and to the pool edge. If you already have a verruca, keep it covered. Verruca socks are available, which are slim fit rubber socks that prevent the virus being spread or picked up (not very popular due to the look of them).

To find the difference between a verrucae and a corn the usual test is to pinch the suspect area. Verrucae are usually more painful than corns when pinched. Corns and callous are more likely to affect weight bearing areas, whereas verrucae can appear on any area.

Foot pain

If your feet hurt something is wrong! More often than not the shoes are a poor fit or style. Whether you are at work, at home or playing sport or other activity, make sure you have the right shoe for the job. If you don't your feet will let you know. We have included a whole section dedicated to choosing the right shoes; getting the right fit and plenty of advice on how you can still be fashionable without causing long-term damage to your feet. We work closely with our physiotherapists.

Hard skin

In summer, hard, cracked skin on the heels and balls of the feet are very common, and is often caused by wearing footwear which rubs the skin. Use an emery board or pumice to gently rub away the hard skin, then use a rich moisturising cream, such as an aqueous cream or E45 to soften the skin. Getting into a daily foot care routine will help. For more serious hard skin see our chiropodist/podiatrist for advice and treatment.

Pregnancy

If you suffer from tingling and numbness on the soles of your feet, the increased weight could a factor but there are other possibilities. The baby could be pressing on a nerve and the tingling in the feet could be caused by this. Tingling can often be a mild form of neurological disturbance.

Sweaty feet 

There are more sweat glands per inch of our feet than anywhere else in our body – so it's not surprising that many people suffer from sweaty feet, especially in warm weather. For minor problems wash feet morning and evening in warm, soapy water, then dry thoroughly. You can also use an antibacterial wash, which helps deal with foot odour, too. Then apply surgical spirit and dust the feet with talc. Going barefoot whenever you can will help, as will wearing open-toe sandals. For more serious problems there are special foot anti-perspirants.

All podiatrists in our company are fully qualified and members of The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.

Our present podiatrist at our clinic site qualified from the northern school of chiropody in 1990 and has worked in the NHS and private sector for organisations such as Spire Health since qualifying. In 2009 she returned back to education to obtain her BSc Hons Podiatry at Salford University. 

The profession was moving on at a rapid pace and she wanted to keep up to date as she recognises this is important when delivering treatment to patients. Her degree specialised in a wide range of lower limb conditions such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid Diseases, Wound Care, Dermatology, Toe nail Surgery, Gait Analysis and Orthotic Intervention. She treats both children and adults in clinical, home and hospital settings.

She is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Health Professional Council. When treating patients it is always her goal to treat them as a whole person rather than just the condition that they present with.